African Air Chiefs Share Experiences at the Ongoing AACS Symposium in Nairobi

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Commander Kenya Air Force Major General Francis Ogolla makes his presentation during the second day of the ongoing African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi.

The African Air Chiefs Symposium (AACS) entered day two of discussions and deliberations among Air Chiefs of partner states on ways to promote multinational policies and procedures in personnel recovery.

Taking place in Nairobi, the day’s sessions included experiences from various countries. Participants were taken through an overview of African Partnership Flight (APF), military recovery response to natural disasters, experience in survival training, Regional Centers of Excellence in preparation for an air disaster, gender considerations in Personnel Recovery among others topics, some drawn from real scenarios.

The Air Chief also had an opportunity to see what transpired at the AFP exercise dubbed Linda Rhino 2 through a video presentation that captured action of troops in a simulated Personnel Recovery mission.

Addressing the participants on the challenges in developing Air Power in Africa, Commander Kenya Air Force (KAF) Major General Francis Ogolla, highlighted some of the challenges facing Air Forces in Africa, giving Kenya’s experiences.

These included development of competent and technical skills, technology and its control and having the right equipment for the task at hand.

Commander KAF pointed out the importance of having such forums as they can be used to address processes of interoperability of forces to respond to operational or humanitarian crises in own countries, in the sub-region and at regional levels.

“Airpower is a critical component and key to successfully combat security challenges. Air assets can be utilized to overcome some of the difficulties presented by Africa’s size, austere environment and limited transportation infrastructure,” he said.

The symposium is expected to gain momentum as more scenarios are shared among the Air Chiefs of partner states.

Chief Director of African Partnership Flight exercise Brigadier John Omenda, Exercise Controller Colonel Chrispin Ongadi, Colonel (Dr) Nicholas Mugweru of Kenya Air Force and Mission Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe- Air Forces Africa Major Erik Anker during a question and answer session at the African Air Chiefs Symposium.Chief Director of African Partnership Flight exercise Brigadier John Omenda, Exercise Controller Colonel Chrispin Ongadi, Colonel (Dr) Nicholas Mugweru of Kenya Air Force and Mission Commander U.S. Air Forces in Europe- Air Forces Africa Major Erik Anker during a question and answer session at the African Air Chiefs Symposium.
Branch Chief J5, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency Mr. Scott Diaz makes a presentation on joint Personnel Recovery capability at the ongoing African Air Chiefs Symposium.Branch Chief J5, Joint Personnel Recovery Agency Mr. Scott Diaz makes a presentation on joint Personnel Recovery capability at the ongoing African Air Chiefs Symposium.
African Air Chiefs Symposium participants at the ongoing African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi.African Air Chiefs Symposium participants at the ongoing African Air Chiefs Symposium in Nairobi.